Pink baby lovie with green frogs

I made this baby lovie some time ago, but just recently someone ask me to share the instructions for making one.

Front of baby lovie

Front of baby lovie

For reference, this is the front,

Back of flannel baby lovie

Back of flannel baby lovie

and this is the back, although both side are finished.

General instructions:

All fabrics are prewashed flannel.  All seam allowances are 1/2 inch.  Finished size is 16 inches square.  Flannel squares are used in place of batting.


Three 9 inch squares of white flannel, 16 five inch squares of pink flannel, 20 five inch squares of white flannel, and 2 four inch circles with design of choice plus 2 four inch circles of batting.  For borders, cut 4 strips of white flannel 1 inch wide and 16 inches long, plus 4 strips of pink and white check the same size.


1.  Lay two large flannel squares together and stitch diagonally from corner to corner.  Repeat stitching on third large square.  Draw a pencil line on back side if needed.

2.  Back each fussy cut flannel circle with a circle of batting, and stitch each one to the center of the large flannel squares.

3. Make sandwiches of the remaining small flannel squares so that you have four that are pink on the top and bottom and white in the middle, and 8 that are pink on the top and white on the back and middle.  Stitch an X through each one from corner to corner.

4.  Make two rows of four squares each by stitching 1/2 inch from the edge with WRONG sides together.  Press seams open.  Then clip each seam with clips being 1/8th to 1/4th inch apart.  DO NOT clip into the seam allowance at each end of the seam.  Refer to pictures for proper arrangement.

5.  Make two sets of two squares each, pressing and clipping as before.

6.  With wrong side together, stitch each two square set to opposite sides of the large squares which have been stacked together with designs to the outside.  Press and clip.

7.  Stitch the four square sets to the remaining edges of the white squares, matching seam lines and keeping seam allowances open.  Press and clip.

8.  To make the fluffy borders, stitch the one inch strips of flannel to the front side along each edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, folding and pressing both edges to the outside before crossing with another strip.  Attach the pink check strips to the back the same way.  Stitch the seam allowances at the corners to form 1/2 inch squares that are not clipped.  Once your borders are stitched and pressed, go back and clip them just like your seams, making as many passes as needed to clip through all the layers.

9.  Toss in the washing machine and dryer to fluff up the seams and your lovie is ready!

PS:  I am not an expert pattern writer, so let me know if you don’t understand this.  I may be able to provide some links with pictures that will help.



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